City Owl Press Presents the 1st Annual Anthology Contest


Romance is eternal. Romance is timeless. Romance is hope.

The two-part anthology will consist of romance short stories. These may be stand-alone or part of a series.

Anthology I: "Seasons of Love: A Collection of Contemporary Romance Short Stories."

Anthology II: "Loving the Alphas: A Collection of Paranormal, Fantasy, and Sci-Fi Romance Short Stories."

Official Rules:  
Short stories must have a definitive HEA/HFN ending. The word count should be between 8,000 and 12,000 words. The manuscript must have gone through at least two editing rounds at the time of submission. Contest is open to all unpublished works, no previously published stories. Open to writers in US, Canada, England, and Australia. Must be over 18 years old to enter.

How to Submit: 
Email the query letter and first five pages to Contests@cityowlpress.com. The subject line should read as follows: 

City Owl Antho: GENRE (choose from contemporary, paranormal, urban fantasy, fantasy and sci-fi), TITLE OF SHORT STORY.

Payment must be made prior to emailing. Be sure to state your pen name and story title.

Judging Process:

Four City Owl Press editors will be going through the submissions and requesting full stories. The titles of the manuscripts that receive a "full" request will be announced on the City Owl Press website on January 30th.

A total of twenty (20) winners will be selected for the anthology and announced on the City Owl Press website on March 15th. The winners will then be offered a contract for the anthology, and once accepted, will go through an editing round with the City Owl Press editors.

Milestone Dates:

Submission Deadline: January 30th, 2016

Announcement of Titles Receiving a "Full" Request: February 10th, 2016

Final Winners Announcement: March 15th, 2016

Anthology Released: June 2016

Due to author input, we've extended our deadlines for a summer release! So be sure to polish those short stories and send them in! 

Entry Fee:

$20 USD for City Owl Press subscriber entry.

$25 USD for all other entries.

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First Place: 20 short stories will be chosen for the inclusion in one of the two anthology installations, 10 in each set. Winners are given a publishing contract with City Owl Press which includes a percentage of royalties from anthology sales.

Runners Up: 3 short stories will receive critiques by the City Owl Press editors.